Successful 2022 Summer Reading Program | South Pasadena Public Library

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The South Pasadena Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program concluded on Saturday, July 30 with over 1,400 participants reading and logging their minutes read on Beanstack, an online reading challenge platform. Together, South Pasadenans read for 16,500 hours – 7,700 more hours than last year. The Library gave out more than 3,000 books to participants and over 1,700 prizes. 46 teen volunteers assisted with the Summer Reading Program, logging 1,384 hours of service.

The Library hosted 45 programs with 2,235 people attending. Summer programming included weekly storytimes – Preschool Storytime, Toddler Storytime, and Family Storytime – as well as new programs, such as the Newbery Book Club and the Cranes for a Change Origami Club. The Library celebrated the in-person return of the Wonderful Wednesdays series, which highlighted magic, music, science, and storytelling and a craft program celebrating the Fourth of July. The Library also hosted two adult programs; a program spotlighting graphic novelist Hazel Newlevant and a librarian-led book discussion of David M. Rubenstein’s The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream. Additionally, the Library hosted a teen book club called Everybody Talks focusing on the theme of Pride.

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Library programming will be paused through August except for the Newbery Book Club, on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m., and the Cranes for a Change Origami Club, on the third Thursday of the month, August 18, at 4:00 p.m. Storytimes will resume on September 13.

Many thanks to the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library for sponsoring the 2022 Summer Reading Program.

The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street in South Pasadena. Visit the Library website at for information about services and programs. The Library is open Monday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.